The Absolute Theater
813 Richmond Avenue, East of Montrose
Houston, TX 77006
Producing Director: Steve Spurgat
The Absolute Theater comes back from its recent hiatus with two new plays, Any Old Passion and All Wrapped Up, by a local playwright, Douglas Mitchell. The plays run from June 13 through 28, 1997. The Absolute Theater is a new 90-seat theater located adjacent to Chapultepec Mexican Restaurant on lower Richmond Avenue between Montrose Blvd. and South Main Street. This evening of short plays continues The Absolute Theaters mission to feature a varied program of new and unpublished works and other challenging pieces.
All Wrapped Up
In All Wrapped Up, a middle aged couple experience the discomfort and finally the terror of anything new coming into their lives. The playwright uses the delivery of a package as a metaphor for this change in their routine. The cast of two in All Wrapped Up are two Houston legends, William Hardy and Tanya Lunstroth.
Any Old Passion
Thad and Miriam have been married for 5 years. They have an open relationship, which means that they date other people. They decide to have a get-together and they invite all their other partners to a dinner party. Thad invites 17 women, and.....well, Miriam invites 2 men and a woman. See if you can guess the topic of conversation.
Could this possibly be Americas answer for an alternative to Divorce? Married, but sometimes Dating?
Imagine and explore the possibilities of this unconventional relationship. Written and produced by Douglas Mitchell, this romantic and witty play experiments with the funny and awkward situations one can encounter when a married couple sees other people.
And like Thad and Miriam, YOU must keep an OPEN mind. Not only intellectually, sexually and emotionally, but visually as well. Because the 17 women that Thad has slept with is represented by Pink Balloons. Its symbolic. To represent the meaningless, air-filled relationships hes had. As for Miriams affairs, well.....Dare to Compare? There is a lesson to be learned in Any Old Passion, and Thad learns it.
THE VOICES OF EXPERIENCE
Veteran actors William Hardys and Tanya Lunstroths powerful voices fill the stage in All Wrapped Up
by Theresa Hyde
William Hardy claims he has sex probably no more than four or five times a day. Maybe he uses all this energy and stamina when he performs onstage. As a native Houstonian, born in Houston, and grew up in the Heights, he was the only one in his family that ever took up acting. As one of the original cast members of the old Alley Theater, he started acting in High School at the age of 15, and was a theater major at the University of Houston.
Having a flair for languages, he majored both in Theater and French. While still at the University of Houston, he started acting at the Alley Theater. He went into the Army for two years, and did some shows while in the Army. After the military, he started working at the Alley Theater, and after a few years he also started directing. He acted and directed at the Alley over a 20 year period.
Being in the profession that he loved, and having a loving family with 3 daughters, he had the best of both worlds. He also worked as a stock broker for 6 years, and continued to do plays during this period. After 6 years, he came back to the Theater and played the part of the sheriff in The Best Little Whorehouse of Texas at the Tower Theater, and then went on tour with this play for 3 years.
He moved to New York for 10 years, and did a lot of soap operas, and worked in theaters all around the country and performed Off-Broadway. He moved back to Houston five years ago to try to start a new theater, which did two shows. He has also done radio voice-overs locally, as well as in New York.
Do people like us ever learn anything from experience? is one of the lines in the play All Wrapped Up. We can definitely learn a lot from the most experienced actors onstage, William Hardy and Tanya Lunstroth.
Ms. Lunstroth, who plays Pearl in this play, is a veteran actress of stage and theater. Backstage during rehearsals, she looked like a mother of one of the cast. The next minute, she was onstage, shining brightly under the theater lights. Of German descent, she started in Stages Theater 15 years ago.
Originally from Brooklyn, she has lived in Houston for 30 years. Aside from her theatrical experience, she has done a little bit of commercials, industrial films, and poems.
We did this same play at the Alley Workshop. Douglas Mitchell wrote this play when he was a student of Edward Albee in his play writing class, says Ms. Lunstroth. I have forgotten about it, and then recently met up with Steve (Spurgat) and he asked if I would do it again.
When asked about what she thinks about working with Absolute Theater, she says with the sweetest, most charming voice, Well, this is how Stages started, this is how theater gets started. They either stick around or they fall apart. If they stick around, they get very big like Stages did. Otherwise, theres a great deterioration.
Do people like us ever learn anything from experience? From these two experienced veterans of stage, we learn that to be able to get the best in quality entertainment, we must support our local Arts and Theater.